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Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall

One of the most breathtaking attractions at the Durham Museum is the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall. Designed in the art deco architectural style, it features a ceiling of sculptured plaster, with painted gold and silver leaf trim and six restored bronze, copper and glass chandeliers that are thirteen feet tall and five feet in diameter. The Great Hall is one hundred sixty feet long and seventy-two feet wide. The ceiling soars sixty-five feet above the patterned terrazzo floor and provides the setting for the ten cathedral-like plate glass windows, Belgian Blue simulated marble columnettes and black Belgian marble wainscoting.

Passengers purchased their tickets at any of the twelve ticket windows along the north wall of the Great Hall. This main level of the station also provided a variety of services for travelers including a baggage checkroom, large dining room, gift shop and soda fountain, barber shop, telephone and telegraph facilities, information and taxicab stations, a newsstand, an emergency first-aid station, a lounge for women and an area reserved for servicemen traveling through the station.

The baggage counter was located directly across from the soda fountain. Luggage was tagged, moved to a freight elevator and transferred to the trains. Passengers could hire a cab from the taxi stand located near the northeast entrance.

The gift shop and soda fountain were popular stops while waiting for a train. The gift shop offered small items such a postcards, toys, personal hygiene products, candy and cigars.

While waiting for a train, male passengers could also stop by the station's barbershop for a haircut. The barbershop was near the Tenth Street entrance which helped make it a very popular place both for the traveler and for local working men.

Women passengers were ale to relax in the ladies lounge. It was tastefully decorated and included chairs couches, a small sink and a mirror. There were also current copies of the local newspaper available for the women.

Chances to reminisce are abundant at the Durham Museum. Visitors can eavesdrop on the lives of people who traveled through the station as they view the life-like sculptures designed by local artist John Lajba.